CHS Pics | A very big crane comes safely down at 14th and Madison

The first major disassembly and removal on Capitol Hill following April’s deadly crane fall in South Lake Union was not uneventful.

High winds last Friday forced crews to stop the effort above the mixed-use construction at 14th and E Madison mid-project.

It was completed without incident — like most of the big crane projects across Capitol Hill and the Central District in the last decade —  on a much calmer day this Tuesday as Chinn Construction crews again set to taking apart the huge machine section by section above the closed 14th Ave. Continue reading

Move All Seattle Sustainably calls for more to be done more quickly to move buses around the city… more quickly

The Move All Seattle Sustainably coalition, the raft of community groups that came together last fall to push Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration to act more quickly on transforming the city’s transportation infrastructure, are calling for support Tuesday as a Seattle City Council committee hears updates on levy spending and RapidRide implementation.

“We think the City needs to be more ambitious about prioritizing public transit on our roads,” MASS writes. “Buses carrying scores of riders shouldn’t get stuck behind a sea of single-occupancy vehicles!”

The $930 million “levy to move Seattle” had a lot going for it in improving transit across the city and in District 3 but some of the realities of the plan have fallen short of hopes. One example is the coming set of protected bike lanes on E Union where city planners are considering a setup that would include forcing bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk at key intersections. Continue reading

Police search for pink purse bandit after First Hill credit union hold-ups — UPDATE

Not the suspect’s purse

With the suspect’s reported get-up, you wouldn’t think they would get far but for the second day in a row, a First Hill bank has been robbed by a bandit with a fantastic outfit.

Seattle Police were called to the bank in the 1100 block of Madison Tuesday afternoon just after 4:15 PM to a report of a robbery involving a suspect described as a person in their 60s wearing a scarf, a cardigan over a striped dress, and carrying a pink purse.

The suspect also reportedly had a teardrop tattoo near their eye. Continue reading

CHS Pics | DeCharlene’s Beauty Salon celebrates grand re-opening and overhauled home for the Central Area Chamber of Commerce

The Central Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lawrence Pitre takes Mayor Durkan on a short tour as new development rises along E Madison (Images: CHS)

Friends, family, and community members joined city officials and political candidates Saturday for the grand re-opening of E Madison’s DeCharlene’s Beauty Salon, a Central District culture and commercial hub revived with a cosmetic overhaul and a reinvigoration of spirit following the death of DeCharlene Williams last year.

“We are preserving the legacy and history that  DeCharlene established. All the great things. We need to preserve this,” said Lawrence Pitre, head of the Central Area Chamber of Commerce that Williams founded. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Historical Society | Rentals to Radiators — Part 1: Weird streets of UMadBro


This is the start of a history of 953 E Union, that rundown building at Union and Broadway Court destined for demolition.

It is easy to miss that old house. Its walls, roof, doors, and windows are all painted in a particularly unnoticeable black. If not for the simple, unexpressive sign hanging outside none of us would know it held Complete Automotive Detail for many years.

It is much older than the city thinks, though: 1900 rather than 1918. A close look at its history reveals a surprising view into early settlement, residential development, and the rise and staying power of Auto Row.

In Part 1 we’ll look at how the surrounding streets came to be. Until recently, it’s an area no one needed to talk about for decades, surrounded by Union, Madison, and Broadway. Let’s call it UMadBro. Continue reading

Police: Seattle U riders try to rob Uber driver in dispute over changed destination

Three criminal masterminds are being sought as suspects in a robbery incident near 11th and Madison Monday night after an Uber driver was attacked by her riders who she said tried to steal her cell phone and pulled on her head scarf in an argument over a change in destination on the ride.

According to the SPD report on the incident, the driver contacted police just after 8 PM to report the attempted strong arm robbery in her vehicle involving a customer and two other riders. The driver told police that she picked up the passengers in Shoreline for a ride to Seattle University. When the driver arrived at 11th and Madison, the Uber customer told her to drive to a new location and was told to enter the destination in the rideshare’s app.

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Seattle’s increasingly modest plans for new bike projects include seven across Capitol Hill, CD — UPDATE

This page from the council presentation on the bike plan implementation update oddly includes an image of a Capitol Hill rider on perhaps the most un-pedal friendly in the neighborhood.

Seattle is criss-crossed by 1,547 lane-miles of arterial streets and 2,407 miles of non-arteries. In recent years, the city has added new bike infrastructure to only about 10 miles of those streets per year.

Tuesday afternoon, the Seattle City Council will begin the latest process to shake out the next five years of Seattle bike infrastructure investments. Following the relatively paltry output of the last couple years, the proposed plan includes projects that will likely add up to even less than 10 miles per year. But there are still some new improvements on the list for Capitol Hill, the Central District, and the nearby. Continue reading

Design review: Is this 20th Ave townhouse project part of Seattle’s ‘missing middle’?

Just build it already. Wednesday night brings a design review for a 20th Ave project that seems like nobody really needs to review — four four-story townhouse buildings creating sixteen new homes replacing a set of two 1909-built single-family style structures that have seen better days.

But the East Design Review Board will give the projects a final once-over Wednesday:

Design review: 1711 20th Ave

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Pho Huy adds new corner to mix of Capitol Hill’s four basic food groups

Coffee on every block is a given. Pizza on every block, nearly achieved. Thai has an outpost in each and every Capitol Hill neighborhood. Pho is obviously an opportunity for growth across the Hill.

Pho Huy is now open bringing steamy Vietnamese noodle soup, spring rolls, banh mi, hot pot, and vermicelli to the elevation of 15th Ave at E Madison in the Broadcast Apartments building.
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Kin Dee: 21 Thai restaurants around the Hill, but only one in the Madison Valley border zone

Depending on how you draw the lines, it’s a close race between Thai and Mexican restaurants when it comes measuring which cuisine has the largest presence around Capitol Hill. We count around 21 Thai restaurants within easy walking distance around the Hill with the recent debut of the comedy-infused Bites of Bangkok on 15th Ave E.

But there is only one joint on the border of Capitol Hill and Madison Valley where Kin Dee opened earlier this year as a new take on authentic Thai food. Popular dishes and street food are combined with a new style of presentation curated by chef Bell Wongsupalak and his wife and menu influencer Ira Saejeam. According to Saejeam, “Kin Dee means good food, good quality. In Thai, Kin means ‘eat’ and Dee means ‘good.’ It’s also easy for everyone to remember.”

The couple said the border zone location was the best option after a long search across the Hill. Continue reading